Community Update, 18th January 2019

Happy New Year from Wanlockhead Community Trust. Please find enclosed a copy of the Wanlockhead buyout newsletter which has been put through the letterboxes in the village this week.

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"The most uneven distribution of land ownership anywhere in the western world."

The following article featuring community land buyouts and Buccleuch was published on The Scotsman yesterday:

"Around 50 per cent of Scotland belongs to 432 owners, perhaps painting the picture of the most uneven distribution of land ownership anywhere in the western world.

Richard Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch, is thought to be Scotland’s largest private land owner with just shy of 220,000 acres around the country across spread across a handful of estates."

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Feasibility Study – Public Consultation - 28th August 2017

Please find below a copy of the Wanlockhead buyout newsletter which has been put through the letterboxes in the village this week.





Since the first public consultation in January 2016, Wanlockhead Community Trust has been exploring the potential of community land ownership in the village and surrounding area. Grant funding from the Scottish Land Fund has enabled the appointment of URBAN ANIMATION with a remit to produce a report showing how community land ownership could benefit the people living and working in Wanlockhead. The first stage of the Feasibility Study is complete and they are ready for the next stage, which is further consultation with our community.

Your input is important, come and have your say. Please come to the public Drop In on Monday 28th August in the Community Centre, anytime between 4pm and 8pm and tell us what you think about Wanlockhead’s future. The team of consultants will be available to hear your views and answer your questions.

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You can attend one of our Sunday evening meetings; we meet every third Sunday night of the month at 7:30 PM at the Community Centre. You can also get in touch with one of the steering group members if you would like to have a one to one chat about the proposal

Life in other community buyouts: Isle of Harris

Between September 14-18, nine villagers residents travelled to the community-owned North Harris and Galson estates to see first-hand how the buyout had improved the area since the community took over the land.

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Call for tenders: Feasibility Study & Business Plan for a Community-Owned Wanlockhead

Wanlockhead Community Trust is the community body responsible for taking forward a proposed community land buyout at the village of Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway.

We are calling for tenders from consultants with the relevant expertise in estate management to carry out a Feasibility Study and Business Plan for a potential community-owned Wanlockhead estate. Interested parties please request a copy of the Brief at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wanlockhead in Community Land Scotland's new promotional video

Community Land Scotland is Scotland’s umbrella organisation of community land owners. In their new promotional video, three people talk about their personal experience of being involved in a community land buyout: Colin Morrison of North West Mull Community Woodland Company, Anjo Abelaira of Wanlockhead Community Trust, and Sally Reynolds, an employee of Carloway Estate Trust and resident on Galson Estate Trust.

Community land stories from Community Land Scotland on Vimeo.